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Fresh Links: PatTHRICE Edition

Four nominations, three wins- two of those in sequential years.

Once, twice, three times a winner. Patrice Bergeron again takes the Frank Selke Trophy.
Once, twice, three times a winner. Patrice Bergeron again takes the Frank Selke Trophy.
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Hey, three out of four ain't bad...

  • Make that the third Selke Trophy won in four nominations, that is. Congratulations, Perfect Patrice Bergeron , you've joined a very select fraternity. Bonus: NHL Expansion news, and the Bruins' opening night opponent has been announced. [TheBostonGlobe]

  • One of the Bruins' biggest problems in recent history has been their often feckless drafting. Let's take a look back at what was and what might have been... [BostonHerald]

  • Cheer up, though, more recent draft years have been trending a bit better for them. [NESN]

  • This year's draft looks to offer a deep, talented pool of candidates, and despite holding later picks, the Bruins can likely find value there. [BostonHerald]

  • Or the Bruins might just find a way to wiggle into the third overall pick, currently held by the Coyotes . [HockeyBuzz]

  • Pssst... the Bruins are reported to be taking calls on Milan Lucic and "Significant other players." [HockeyBuzz]

  • Here's a short list of one Bruins dream draftee, a more likely acquisition, and a fallback choice. [WEEI]

  • For comparison purposes, here are a few players that went #14 in their draft years, including one Latvian with an enthusiastic following. [BostonHerald]

  • Remember talk a bit ago that the Bruins wanted local boy Keith Yandle ? Now may be the time that the Bruins move to acquire him. [ProHockeyTalk]

  • It looks like Carl Soderberg will be trying to sign for close to $5 million per year, and we will miss him. [ESPN]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Charming Jiri Hudler won the NHL Awards and the audience, along with the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy... (With video, 2:59) [PuckDaddy]

  • ... while Carey Price swept four categories, an historic feat. Guess what trophy he wants next? [TSN]

  • If you're keeping track, here's a listing of the big fish in the trade market, with their contract details. [TSN]

  • And you thought helicopter parents were a problem, get ready for corporate sponsors to unduly influence sports governance. Gary Bettman has been prepared to play hardball with NHL sponsors before. [PlayTheGame]

  • "T4KEN." Liam Neeson stars in a new episode of the movie franchise, striving to save poor Connor McDavid from being drafted by the Oilers . NO, REALLY! [Grantland]

  • Quick! Draft your entries for the NWHL jersey design contest! SkyonAir, are you listening? [NWHL]

  • There will be a Michael Babcock at Red Wings camp this year, and he is currently a Merrimack College freshman. [MacReport]

  • The Lightning took batting practice with the Rays before throwing out the first ceremonial pitches at a game , and Ben Bishop knocked it out of the park four times! (With video) [CBCSports]

  • Many NHL teams are gleaning promising young players from the ranks of college hockey, as coaches find that " the collegiate level, the game holds you accountable." [WashingtonPost]

  • The NHL is simply rearranging deck chairs by focusing efforts on fixing overtime, as they refuse to address the bigger problem. [TheStar]

  • The Maple Leafs may find themselves with a very close competitor, geographically speaking, maybe even as close as the Air Canada Centre. [OttawaSun]

  • At the end of the NHL season, there's time to take a peek (and listen) behind the curtain and hear the best of the referees on ice. (Video, 2:01) [Facebook,NHL]

Joe Haggerty can kiss our ass